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Holgorsen mum on QB decision

MORGANTOWN - Even with the meat of West Virginia's weekly practice schedule complete, Dana Holgorsen still hasn't decided on a starting quarterback for Saturday's game at Kansas.

Or, perhaps more accurately, he's not saying.

On his Thursday night radio show, Holgorsen said all three of WVU's scholarship quarterbacks took practice reps this week. That includes Clint Trickett, who has started the past six games but left Saturday's loss to Texas after being hit in the head, and Ford Childress, whose recovery from a torn pectoral muscle is such that he's been cleared to play.

Neither, though, took most of the first-team practice reps this week.

Those went to Paul Millard, who relieved Trickett and played the final three quarters and overtime against Texas.

"We may start all three of them,'' Holgorsen said, presumably in jest.

Chances seem good that the decision will come down to between Millard and Trickett. While Millard received most of the first-team practice reps this week, Trickett has been the starter since late September and probably doesn't need as many reps to match Millard. Trickett has apparently been cleared to play after being evaluated most of the week.

"I don't know,'' Holgorsen said when asked if Millard was likely the starter because he'd worked in the position the most this week. "We still have another day of practice.''

Actually, all that likely remains is some light work and meetings. Otherwise, today is a travel day.

As for Childress, Holgorsen said he's still not 100 percent, but has been cleared to practice and play.

"We can use him where we need him,'' Holgorsen said.

That in itself is a bit of a victory. Last week, with Childress still on the shelf and Trickett knocked out of the game, the next quarterback in would have been walk-on Logan Moore, the former Fairmont State quarterback who has been playing wide receiver.

Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickman1@aol.com or follow him at twitter.com/dphickman1.


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